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Snapshot of employment by industry, 2017


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2017. The next available data (May 2017) will be released on 22 June 2017.

Estimates of employment by industry division are available in trend, seasonally adjusted and original series. For finer level detail on industry of employment (e.g. sub-division), the ABS releases original (unadjusted) estimates. Data is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 2.0), cat. no. 1292.0 (see Chapter 8 – The detailed classification).

Given the current interest in employment by industry, two tables have been compiled using quarterly estimates from 2016 and 2017. Table 1 presents estimates from the trend series and Table 2 presents an average of quarterly estimates from the original series by sex. To enable comparisons, estimates for each industry division and the total number of employed are included. The estimates represent national figures. Estimates are also available by state/territory, greater capital city/balance of state and labour market region (SA4). For different time periods, or for other employment characteristics, refer to the quarterly release (via the ‘Downloads’ tab). For additional information on this theme, refer to the Parliamentary Library publication, Employment by industry statistics: a quick guide.

1. Snapshot of employed people by industry - Feb 2016 and Feb 2017(quarterly, trend)

  Employed people Proportion of total
employed
  Feb-16 Feb-17 Change in
employed
Feb-16 to Feb-17
Feb-16 Feb-17
Industry of employment (Division)(a) ('000) ('000) (%) (%) (%)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing   321.8   293.1 -8.9 2.7 2.4
Mining 225.9 240.8 6.6 1.9 2.0
Manufacturing 874.7 914.6 4.6 7.3 7.6
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 137.7 132.5 -3.8 1.2 1.1
Construction 1,062.2 1,098.5 3.4 8.9 9.1
Wholesale Trade 373.9 376.4 0.7 3.1 3.1
Retail Trade 1,273.3 1,214.0 -4.7 10.7 10.1
Accommodation and Food Services 829.4 849.6 2.4 7.0 7.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 625.3 596.7 -4.6 5.3 5.0
Information Media and Telecommunications 206.4 206.2 -0.1 1.7 1.7
Financial and Insurance Services 437.1 433.6 -0.8 3.7 3.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 219.4 214.2 -2.4 1.8 1.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 1,000.6 1,021.7 2.1 8.4 8.5
Administrative and Support Services 420.0 435.3 3.7 3.5 3.6
Public Administration and Safety 747.8 828.5 10.8 6.3 6.9
Education and Training 927.5 964.1 3.9 7.8 8.0
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,532.1 1,498.2 -2.2 12.9 12.4
Arts and Recreation Services 230.9 209.0 -9.5 1.9 1.7
Other Services 470.2 485.8 3.3 4.0 4.0
Total employed 11,901.2 12,048.1 1.2 100.0 100.0

2. Snapshot of industry employment by sex - Feb 2017 (average of 4 qtrs ending, original) 

  Employed people Proportion of employed
  Men Women Persons Men Women Persons
Industry of employment (Division)(a) ('000) ('000) ('000) (%) (%) (%)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing 217.7 92.1 309.8 3.4 1.7 2.6
Mining 194.1 34.4 228.5 3.0 0.6 1.9
Manufacturing 648.0 252.5 900.4 10.1 4.5 7.5
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 104.1 32.0 136.2 1.6 0.6 1.1
Construction 945.3 129.0 1,074.3 14.7 2.3 9.0
Wholesale Trade 252.4 119.6 372.0 3.9 2.2 3.1
Retail Trade 548.0 680.0 1,228.0 8.5 12.2 10.3
Accommodation and Food Services 391.4 458.5 849.9 6.1 8.2 7.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 474.6 136.4 611.0 7.4 2.5 5.1
Information Media and Telecommunications 127.7 76.8 204.5 2.0 1.4 1.7
Financial and Insurance Services 215.0 216.9 431.9 3.3 3.9 3.6
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services 100.4 108.7 209.1 1.6 2.0 1.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 599.4 409.8 1,009.2 9.3 7.4 8.4
Administrative and Support Services 213.8 221.2 435.0 3.3 4.0 3.6
Public Administration and Safety 392.8 396.7 789.5 6.1 7.1 6.6
Education and Training 279.5 677.9 957.3 4.4 12.2 8.0
Health Care and Social Assistance 335.2 1,190.7 1,525.9 5.2 21.4 12.7
Arts and Recreation Services 114.1 105.8 219.9 1.8 1.9 1.8
Other Services 263.8 218.9 482.7 4.1 3.9 4.0
Total employed 6,417.3 5,558.0 11,975.3 100.0 100.0 100.0

(a) Industry of employment is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (Revision 2.0), cat. no 1292.0.

Source: ABS, Labour force, detailed, quarterly, Feb 2017, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003 (Table 04: trend and Data cube EQ03)